Book Reviews of Learning to swim: A memoir

Learning to swim: A memoir
Learning to swim A memoir
Author: Ann Warren Turner
ISBN-13: 9780439153102
ISBN-10: 0439153107
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 113
  • Currently 2.7/5 Stars.

2.7 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic Signature
Book Type: Unknown Binding
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The plot was good, but I just wasn't a big fan on how it was written.
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Eh. Seems like she's trying to be like Hopkins or Sones. And failing IMO. I wouldn't hand this to anyone male or older than preteen. That leaves out a lot of readers.
I don't think I've ever read a faster book. I lit a cigarette when I started this book and I was finished the book first. And I'm not talking about some super long, spage-age, blunt like cigarette. A regular Newport.
Not really worth the $4.99 it states it costs on the back if you ask me. There are much better books to be read...
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Ann Turner's lyrical Learning to Swim will resonate with any adult or teenager who knows the shame and confusion of sexual molestation. Her memories of a family summer vacation keep coming back "like a skunk dog / on the porch / whining to get in." For Turner, telling her story to the world is what sets that skunk dog running. Divided into three sections, "sailing," "sinking," and "swimming," the book chronicles a holiday trip through the eyes of a very young girl--small enough to use a pink swimming ring in Dresser's Pond, play dress-up, and run races. It's Kevin, an older boy from down the street, with the "hands that grab," who takes her upstairs under the pretense of reading to her ("a secret time for us / and never, ever tell"), and she doesn't even know she can say no. In searingly simple language, Turner walks us through the little girl's forever-altered world, past the place where the truth comes out and healing can begin.